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JK Rowling: Creator of magic who dazzled the world

JK Rowling: Creator of magic who dazzled the world

June 25, 2017

LONDON, June 25 — The creator of a wizarding empire which has dazzled the world, JK Rowling struggled through hardship to become an unrivalled children’s author with a global voice. Rowling once told a beaming crowd of Harvard University graduates how she had initially failed “on an epic scale”. “An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless,” she... Read more

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